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An online toolbox for cover crops and living mulches

Crossland, Mary; Fradgley, Nick; Creissen, Henry; Howlett, Sally; Baresel, Jörg Peter; Finckh, Maria R. and Girling, Robbie (2015) An online toolbox for cover crops and living mulches. In: Aspects of Applied Biology , 129, pp. 1-6.

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Summary

Cover crops and living mulches form an integral component of conservation agriculture promoting soil health and minimising external inputs. The OSCAR Project (Optimising Subsidiary Crop Applications in Rotation) aims to improve practices of conservation agriculture in farming systems across Europe. The principal output of the project is to develop a toolbox to make technical and scientific information publically available to farmers, researchers, and other stakeholders. The continually evolving toolbox is currently available online at www.covercrops.eu and will consist of three facets (1) An interactive user-fed wiki providing information on subsidiary crops species and machinery use with links to published literature. (2) A searchable database on subsidiary crops and technology. This will detail climatic and soil specific plant traits and will form a decision support tool to aid choices of subsidiary crops. (3) A discussion forum will also facilitate the exchange of information between farmers, researchers and stakeholders on conservation agricultural systems across European countries.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Subsidiary crops, cover crops, living mulches, conservation agriculture, online toolbox
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Applied Science Weihenstephan
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Ecological Plant Protection
Germany > University of Munich - TUM
European Union > OSCAR
UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:289277
ISSN:0265-1491
Deposited By: Fradgley, Mr Nick
ID Code:29405
Deposited On:29 Oct 2015 09:20
Last Modified:29 Oct 2015 09:20
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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